Puerto Rican power plant fire causes island-wide power outage

Posted at 5:13 PM, Sep 21, 2016

 A fire at a Puerto Rican electrical plant left hundreds of thousands across the island without power on Wednesday afternoon, according to the island's power utility.

The fire is contained and did not cause any injuries, Telemundo reports (story in Spanish).
The power outage affected a large portion of the island, causing traffic jams and confusion, Telemundo reported.

Law enforcement officials were dispatched to help direct traffic and deliver aid with the power down.

A representative of the island's power company, Autoridad de Energía Eléctrica, said that the failure started at a central power plant. The utility tweeted the outage is affecting customers across the whole island, and they are investigating its cause.

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